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Wary governors halt, question plan to accept Syrian refugees

...Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan says the United States should halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees until intelligence and defense officials can assure a strong process for vetting refugees. Hassan also says more facts are needed on how the attackers got...
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Carter: US is retooling fight against IS

...advisers with smaller Iraqi units, thus placing the Americans closer to the front lines. That's according to defense officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.The U.S. now has about 3,300 troops...
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Pentagon: American killed in raid to free Iraqis held by IS

...peshmerga soldiers were wounded.Another U.S. defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide...with intelligence for the operation.The U.S. defense official said the number of IS members killed was not to be...
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Obama extends US military mission in Afghanistan into '17

...Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor did not say how many troops he thought would be sufficient.According to a defense official, the president approved the highest number requested by commanders, with the greatest amount of flexibility.Former...
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Key Afghan city falls to Taliban in major government setback

...provinces, raising questions about the adequacy of the government's security and defense agencies.A senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss an ongoing military operation, said the U.S. military...
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US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016

...American) efforts are not adequate," according to the letter, signed by Michelle Flournoy, a former senior U.S. defense official who once was Obama's choice for Pentagon chief, and Harold Koh, the former State Department legal adviser...
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Only handful of US-trained Syrians fighting IS

...militants.The stunning admission from Austin came as defense officials scrambled separately to respond to allegations that...Department's inspector general finds that senior defense officials altered intelligence to exaggerate progress being...
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Russian troops already in Syria, Israel says

...depose him would ultimately be far more hostile to Israel.Yaalon's information closely resembled that of U.S. defense officials who said Washington has seen the Russians fly a variety of military assets into the airfield south of Latakia, including...
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Russia said to get Iran's clearance for Syria-bound flights

...concerned about reports about Russia's increased military presence in Syria. He didn't offer details.A U.S. defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the issue, said the U...
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Pentagon plans to increase drone flights by 50 pct.

...across the Pacific.One senior defense official said Pentagon leaders are taking...the plans laid out by senior defense officials, the Air Force would continue...armed aircraft. But senior defense officials said they need at least a small...
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